p.3 The Schr. Garibaldi - This vessel, ashore near Consecon, is said to be pretty well covered up with ice and snow. A short time ago thieves broke into the cabin and stole crockery and other utensils. Her captain and John Nelson have suffered severely with their frozen feet.
Thoroughly Repaired - The schr. B.W. Folger is being thoroughly overhauled at the Portsmouth shipyard. Twenty-five men are at work upon the vessel. Her owners desire to have her rated as high as a rebuilt schooner can be. Some $3,000 will be spent upon her.
An Important Statement In The House By Sir Charles Tupper.
Mr. Rykert enquired whether the attention of the Government has been drawn to the fact that no provision has been made for the turning of vessels of one hundred feet keel and upwards in the Welland Canal and if so whether it is the intention of the Government to remedy this serious defect before the final completion of the canal.
Sir Chas. Tupper, in reply, said: The principal business on this canal for a number of years at least, must be through trade. There are no mills or factories, or other places where vessels will be at all likely to unload or receive cargo on the new line, which is about one mile and a half from the old canal, except at Port Dalhousie and near the town of Thorold. The local business between St. Catharines and Lake Ontario will, in all probability, be done by the old route for years; at all events that seems to be the opinion of the corporation and those gentlemen who have made application for the second lock of the old line to be enlarged. It has, therefore, not been considered necessary to incur the expense of forming a basin of the capacity for the largest class of vessels to turn round, inasmuch as the work for that purpose can be done at any future time with equal advantage as when forming the canal. The new channel is nowhere less than one hundred feet wide at the bottom, and in short reaches, where there is a curve in the line, the width is greater, so that small vessels can turn round anyway. If a period of ten or twelve years is likely to elapse before the local trade would derive any benefit from the outlay necessary to form a basin for larger vessels to turn round, the interest on the amount would by that time be nearly, if not wholly, sufficient to do the work; besides, the inconvenience of floating or other unwieldy bridges on the towing path for that period will be avoided. I give this detailed statement in order that the hon. gentleman may see what the views of the Chief Engineer are in regarding to the matter.
Feb. 12, 1881